Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Made By Mandikins

With a cute name like Made By Mandikins, how could I not purchase from this Etsy store?? :) I just had to try the pressed eye shadow quads. After much deliberation, I only decided on 2 palettes. This was some time ago, as I have been on a make up no-buy for about 2 months. I have been trying to drag out make up reviews of new products, lol.

Golden Delish palette.

Earth Mother palette.

The pressed shadows come in clear plastic palettes. They are now packaged in magnetic compacts, which look much classier in my opinion. The shadows themselves are just lovely to use, beautifully pigmented and smooth texture. I have so many loose mineral eye shadows and am finding that pressed shadows are much easier to use, and less messy!
Made By Mandikins offers many other products also, which I will need to try in future when I get off this damn no-buy!! LOL

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- Daintree Clay Mask

I find the need to always try different facial masks. As soon as I open one, I have another brand waiting. The most recent clay mask that I have finished is from the Daintree range. I love this natural, Australian brand, so it wasn't a difficult decision to purchase this product.

Packaged in a tube with flip-top lid, it's easy to squeeze out the product needed. It does not have a consistency that is too thick, so it is easy to distribute evenly over the skin. 
The mask only needs to be on the skin for 10 minutes, however, I preferred to leave it on for anything up to 30 minutes. I have combination skin, so feel better knowing my skin did benefit from the clay properties, and deep cleansing qualities, getting deep down into my congested pores.
Once the clay mask is drying on my skin, it does tighten, but not to the point where it will crack if I move my face, which I have experienced with other clay masks.
As expected, removal did take some time with a face washer, yet I don't mind this process because it acts to exfoliate the skin.
The result? Smooth, clearer looking skin.
Would I repurchase? Probably not, please note that this is only because there are so many masks that are on my "to-try" list. If the opportunity rises, it is worth giving this mask a try, especially if you have combination/oily skin :)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

NOTD- All Zipped Up

When it comes to my nails, I like to try new things. Some work, many I can't master, but I have fun trying. 
I'd heard of decals before, and thought I should give them a go. A quick search on ebay, and I found some different designs. They are so simple to apply. First you cut out your design, remove the outer layer of plastic and then, not unlike a fake tattoo, submerge it in water for about 30 seconds, followed by placing it on the desired position on the nail. 

To create the base colour, I used the "clingwrap" method, starting with 2 coats of the light blue nail polish, then the navy blue colour. Whilst the Lancome polish was still wet, I dabbed a scrunched up piece of clingwrap to try and create a denim stone washed look.

Once my mani was dry,  I applied some cute zipper decals. This looked fine, but I really wanted to fill in where the zips were open. To do this, I used foils. To apply foils, all that is needed is a coat of glue, wait for it to dry, then rub the foil on the nail. It wasn't as neat as I wanted, but it was effective, and wasn't as obvious when not so close up, lol.

The zippers are just so cute! 

Friday, 13 September 2013

Mission Accomplished- Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eye Liner

After finishing my much loved Majolica Majorca liquid eye liner, I needed a replacement, and fast! I purchased Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eye Liner. I'd already heard so many raves about this liner, that it really wasn't a difficult decision. 

Initially I was concerned about the fine point, I assumed that a very steady hand would be needed. Thankfully, I did not have any problem lining my eyes, as the tip glides along the lashline. 
The liner is fantastic for precise lines, and for a thicker application, I just use "feathered" strokes for my desired thickness.
Although, the liner lasts throughout wear, I do find it forgiving, as long as I work quickly to fix my not-so-uncommon mistakes, lol.
I was always intimidated at the thought of tight lining my eyes, but it is so easy with this liner. Sometimes my eyes water during this process, but it does not run or smudge.
I just love how pigmented the black liquid liner is. I have tried other liners that give me a greyish black result, this has the perfect depth of colour, I prefer my black liners to be as black as can be :)
Would I repurchase? Definitely! The Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner delivers everything I could ask for with a budget price tag! :)
You can see me wearing the liner here

Monday, 9 September 2013

Project Increase Storage Space- De-Potting MUA Single Eye Shadows.

I just love the quality of UK drugstore brand MakeUp Academy's products. Because of the price point, and frequent sales, I have accumulated quite a few of the single shadows. As lovely as these shadows are, I don't tend to use them quite as much because they are quite bulky, and have been sitting unloved in a drawer.
Thankfully there are so many fabulous tutorials on YouTube, including one that I come across that showed how to de-pot the lovely MUA single shadows and re-home them in a DIY palette.

The process is fairly simple, yet care needs to be taken due to the use of heat and a sharp knife. 
Once the hair straightener is hot, using a piece of foil on one of the plates, carefully place an eye shadow with lid open, on top. After a couple of minutes, long enough for the glue to begin to melt, pick up the shadow. Using the knife, gently run around the metal casing, then use the leverage of the knife to prise the pot of shadow away from the casing. care must be taken in this stage, firstly for your own safety, and also because it can be easy to break the shadow, or dig into it with the knife blade. Any remaining glue can easily be removed, I did this simply by using my fingers.
Once I had removed the shadows, I began creating the palette, which is super simple. I just used an empty CD case. On the inside of the bottom, I placed a measured square of magnetic tape, placed the shadows inside and "Hey Presto" a palette (well, now 2) with gorgeous shadows!

The palettes could have a prettier cover, but for the moment, I'm content to leave them as they are. I'm sure these lovely shadows are now going to get the love that they deserve :)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- Nivea Pure & Natural Body Lotion

It has only been the last couple of years that I've come to realise the importance of using a body moisturiser. The only time that I'd bother moisturising my body was in summer when my legs began to get really dry. I've discovered that it is just as vital to hydrate your skin in winter as well. Not only to prepare for showing more skin in summer, but the cooler months are more dehydrating to the skin.

The body product that I have just finished is Nivea Pure and Natural Body Lotion. This lotion contains none of the undesirable parabens, silicones, colorants or mineral oils. What it lacks in "nasties" it more than makes up with beneficial ingredients, such as the much talked about oil, Argan. Not only has this product been formulated to moisturise skin, but balance it naturally.
The Nivea product comes in a generous 400ml bottle, with a convenient pump dispenser. The white lotion has quite a pleasant, light and fresh scent.
I was able to smooth this product over my body with ease. Being a lotion consistency meant that my skin absorbed it quite quickly, which is certainly a bonus in the cold weather. I only applied once a day, which was enough to provide hydration until the following morning. Even my husband commented on how soft my skin felt!
Not only does Nivea Pure and Natural Body Lotion provide adequate body moisturisation, but it is also a budget friendly product. Would I repurchase? For sure!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Permanent Colour

A change is as a good as a holiday! This phrase is especially the case for me when I get a new hairstyle and colour. 
I have had red coloured hair for some time now, and had been meaning to re-dye it, as it was beginning to fade. Luckily for me, I was selected to participate in beauty site, Beauty Heaven's trial of Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Permanent Colour. Having the choice of  colours on offer, I selected shade number 37, Hypnotic Red. With this bright red colour, I was certainly going to know just how "intense" this product was going to be. Before colouring my hair, I had it style cut by my hair dresser, receiving the colour was my perfect excuse :)
The Brilliance formula contains intense pigments and diamond gloss serum for maximum shine, whilst smoothing the hair's surface to lock in colour.
The box came complete with Developer, Colour Creme, conditioner, gloves and the unique sachet of Diamond Gloss Serum. Instructions were typical of most permanent colours that I have tried, only with the extra, yet simple, step of adding the sachet of Diamond Gloss serum, before the Colour Creme. Once everything was needed in the bottle, I just simply shook to make sure that the formula was mixed completely. The bottle for application included a nozzle at the top which was the perfect sized opening to ensure adequate control of the product needed to squeeze onto dry hair.
The colour did have a scent common to permanent hair dyes, but I did not find it too over powering.
I probably should have sectioned my hair to colour it, however I just massaged the product into my hair, trying to make sure that I coated all of it evenly. I left the colour to develop for around 30 minutes. Being a red shade, it did take some washing out before the water ran clear, but I was expecting this from previous experience of other reds that I had tried, and it really was no longer than any other dye.
Next step was to apply the included conditioner. There was more than enough product for my hair. A few minutes later, I washed the lovely scented conditioner from my hair. 
I just couldn't wait for my hair to dry naturally, so gave my hair a blast with the hair dryer. I was delighted with the results. Certainly intense colour and gorgeous shine. My hair felt beautifully soft and smooth, whilst being easy to manage. I was also impressed with the even coverage, something that I have had trouble with in the past. Another thing worth noting is that my grey's were covered, yay!
Even after washin a few times since colouring, my hair has remained an intense red, with a glossy shine!
Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Permanent Colour does not only deliver the results as promised, but is also a very budget friendly price. Why pay big $$$, when you can get salon results at home? I'll definitely purchase from this range again!

My new 'do.

After applying Schwarzkopf Brilliance Intense Permanent Colour :)